Life's a Pitch

Life's a Pitch

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

Episodes

Chelsea collapse shows Guardiola’s Man City are far from flawless  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and Adrian Clarke to round up the biggest football stories from the weekend, including Man City’s collapse against Chelsea, Man United’s inability to close out matches, Leicester’s relegation fears and whether Liverpool’s defence is strong enough to make them genuine title challengers.

Are Chelsea now title favourites?  

Miguel Delaney (Sunday Independent) and Darren Lewis (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Chelsea’s fantastic form under Conte, whether Man City and Liverpool are their only title rivals and more issues for Mourinho and Man Utd – with live questions from users on the BT Sport Facebook page.

Can Spurs bury memories of Battle of Stamford Bridge?  

Martin Lipton (Sun) and Jim Holden (Sunday Express) join Mike Calvin to discuss Tottenham’s return to Stamford Bridge, following the capitulation in May that ended their Premier League title bid.

Mourinho vs Wenger – Who comes out on top?  

Jonathan Northcroft (Sunday Times) and Tom Hopkinson (The People) join Mike Calvin to discuss the animosity between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger and whose team is faring better going into their match this weekend. The panel also discuss Conte’s impressive start to life at Chelsea, and what Liverpool need to bring in in January.

England v Scotland: Career defining for both managers?  

Tony Evans (Evening Standard) and Adrian Clarke (PremerLeague.com) join Mike Calvin to discuss England’s match against Scotland, the futures of both teams’ managers and all the goings on at both ends of the Premier League.

Is this the biggest ever North London derby?  

Tom Hopkinson (The People) and David Walker (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss wherever this week’s North London derby will showcase this season’s champions, a massive game for City against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, Mourinho’s struggles at United and a potential transfer for Wayne Rooney to Everton.

Is the Mourinho era over?  

Dom Fifield (Guardian) and Darren Lewis (Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Mourinho’s vast issues at Manchester United, problems for Pep at City and recent resurgences for Chelsea and Liverpool.

Can Pep take down Barcelona?  

John Cross and Adrian Clarke join Mike Calvin to discuss a huge match for City and Pep in the Champions League, Walcott’s new-found form at Arsenal, and Spurs’ chances of winning the title.

Will Klopp’s Liverpool maintain their title challenge for the whole season?  

Jonathan Northcroft and Tony Evans join Mike Calvin to discuss Klopp’s new training regime at Liverpool, what the future holds for Danny Sturridge and Jordan Henderson and the crisis unfolding around Wayne Rooney and Man Utd. Plus all the biggest talking points ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action.

Is it important that England stick with an English manager?  

Darren Lewis and Tom Collomosse join Mike Calvin to discuss Gareth Southgate and the future of the England national team – as well as all the Premier League action from the weekend, including Mourinho’s outdated tactics, the Pogba problem and Pochettino’s growing dynasty at Tottenham.

Are Manchester City approaching the perfect squad?  

Dom Fifield and Tom Hopkinson join Mike Calvin to discuss what the future holds for Wayne Rooney, City’s 10/10 start under Pep and Chelsea’s defensive and midfield struggles.

Is it time for Mourinho to drop Rooney?  

Miguel Delaney and John Cross join Mike Calvin to discuss Manchester United’s recent downturn in form under Jose Mourinho, whether Liverpool are genuine title contenders and BT Sport’s live televised Premier League game this weekend between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Are any British clubs good enough to win Champions League this year?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Jim Holden of the Daily Express and Tony Evans from the evening Standard to discuss Champions League and Europe League games for Britain’s top clubs this week and look ahead to the weekend’s Premier League action.

The Manchester Derby: Who is in better shape going in?  

The Sunday Mirror's Tom Hopkinson and Adrian Clarke of Arsenal TV join Mike Calvin to discuss which of the Manchester teams have had better starts to the season, Chelsea's resurgence under Conte and how England faired in their first match under Sam Allardyce.

Has Big Sam made a Rash decision?  

Daily Mirror pair David Walker and Darren Lewis discuss the ins and outs of Sam Allardyce's first England squad, including the omission of Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley.

Is Ibrahimovic the new Cantona?  

The Daily Mirror’s David Walker and Darren Lewis join host Mike Calvin to review the latest Premier League action including the eye-catching form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the future for Manchester City keeper Joe Hart and the latest controversy surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Is Wenger in danger of destroying his legacy?  

The Daily Mirror’s chief football writer John Cross and Sunday Independent journalist Miguel Delaney join host Mike Calvin to chew over the opening weekend of the Premier League season.​

Premier League 2016/17 season preview: Part four  

Evening Standard journalist Tony Evans and Arsenal TV's Adrian Clarke join host Mike Calvin to predict the ups and downs from the forthcoming Premier League season.

Premier League 2016/17 season preview: Part three  

Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Darren Lewis assess the chances of Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland ahead of the coming season and debate whether Paul Pogba is worth his £100m price tag.​

Premier League 2016/17 season preview: Part two  

Mike Calvin, Tom Hopkinson and Tony Evans assess the chances of Everton, Hull City, Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the coming season and discuss the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager.

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